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Dinner Party Movement Sparks Flavorful Celebrations

SPARKS, Md., July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether hosting a casual dinner or a special occasion, food lovers understand that sharing a meal should always be a celebration. Of course, time and inspiration are not always easy to come by, and sometimes even the most passionate cooks need a little spark. Four new McCormick® Gourmet seasonings provide just that, with convenient, perfectly-blended herbs and spices inspired by vibrant world cuisines. These all-in-one mixes provide an effortless way to experiment with new flavors, turning every meal into a memorable moment worth savoring.

"As a result of growing interest in home entertaining, cooking enthusiasts are rediscovering the dinner party as an informal way to celebrate food and discover new flavors," said Mark Garcia, Director of the McCormick Kitchens. "McCormick Gourmet's new blends are perfect for dinner parties because they're an easy way to create a flavorful theme and explore new cuisines. They will help you take your guests on a global taste adventure -- from Tuscany to the American Southwest, from Cuba to Morocco."

Ready to stamp your flavor passport? Get a dinner party started with these new blends and recipes:

    --  Cuban Seasoning: A vibrant combination of onion, bell peppers, garlic,
        oregano and cumin, this blend adds Caribbean flair to Cuban Mojo
        Marinated Pork Tenderloin with Black Bean Avocado Salsa, in which
        succulent pork is served up with bright hits of Cuban spice and a
        citrusy salsa.
    --  Moroccan Seasoning: This Ras El Hanout-inspired blend of cinnamon,
        cumin, pepper and turmeric lends authentic North African flavor to Easy
        Moroccan Chicken, a sweetly savory take on a classic tagine featuring
        tender chicken thighs, meaty tomatoes and sweet raisins.
    --  Southwest Seasoning: Inspired by the flavors of the American Southwest,
        this versatile blend includes chipotle pepper, paprika, onion and
        garlic. The combination adds smoky heat to the flavorful crust of Fiery
        Cornmeal Crusted Steak.
    --  Tuscan Seasoning: A robust blend of garlic, Italian herbs and sundried
        tomato, Tuscan seasoning adds sophistication to rustic Pappardelle with
        Tuscan Ragu. This dish delivers the full-bodied flavor of a classic
        slow-cooked Italian ragu, with aromatic veggies, fragrant seasonings and
        Parmesan cheese.

Join the Dinner Party Chain!

Inspired to host a dinner party of your own? Share your passion for flavor and create dinner party ideas by joining McCormick Gourmet's Dinner Party Chain. Visit Facebook.com/McCormickGourmet to start planning the dinner party of your dreams. After submitting a theme -- like an Asian fusion adventure or rustic Italian supper -- you'll receive a recommended menu sparked by your submission. By joining the chain, you will be eligible to win exclusive dinner party prize packages worth more than $1,000. One lucky winner will also snag the grand prize: a trip for two to the New York City Wine & Food Festival October 11-14, including travel, two tickets to the Grand Tasting and a daily stipend.

Follow the conversation and join The Dinner Party Chain at Facebook.com/McCormickGourmet. Visit mccormickgourmet.com for more information about McCormick Gourmet Blends, including delicious ideas, images and recipes.

About McCormick
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor. With more than $3 billion in annual sales, the Company manufactures, markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry--retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses. Every day, no matter where or what you eat, you can enjoy food flavored by McCormick. McCormick brings passion to flavor.(TM) Visit mccormick.com, mccormickcorporation.com and Facebook.com/McCormickSpice for more information.

    CONTACTS:
    Laurie Harrsen               Sara Ballard
    McCormick & Company, Inc     Weber Shandwick
    410-527-8753                 312-988-2401
    laurie_harrsen@mccormick.com sballard@webershandwick.com

SOURCE McCormick & Company, Inc.

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